Thursday, August 23, 2007

Living in the Now

Well, today is the first day of school. What I remember about school is watching the clock and wanting it to be 3:30 p.m. We went to school a lot longer back then! That’s probably why we are so much smarter than kids today J Anyway if I’m not careful I do the same thing today. I get started with something and I just want it to be over. I’m watching tv, reading a book, watching a soccer game, or even in a conversation and rather than living in the moment, I’m thinking about what’s next. I even did that on vacation this year. Rather than stop and smell the roses, or in this case the seaweed (that's what's surrounding me in this picture), I found myself wondering and worrying about the things facing me at home.

Don’t tell me you don’t do that, because I bet you do. Truth is, we only have the moment. I love that about Abraham. Look at what he said in response to God’s call to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ ‘Here I am,’ he replied.” Genesis 22:1 Look at that again. He said, “Here I am” or in other words he was saying to God, “I am here in the present listening to whatever you want me to do at this moment.” The moment is all we have. Don’t let the successes of the past or the fear of the future keep you from living in the now!


clayburkle said...

Wow.. that's good. What if the now is scary, uncertain, painful? I find myself hanging on the hopes of the future... but I don't want to waste now. There is so much possibility now... if I will only embrace it.

Karen Lane said...

I like that. I am finding it easier to live in the "now" since I don't have too many commitments pulling at me. Enjoying each new person I meet and each new beautiful place I see. Trying to see the gift in this "commitment free" time for I know it won't last long. I hope I take my time in committing to things that He truly wants me involved in.
Thanks for the great reminder!